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Maine has started paying rent for illegal immigrants to live in housing state paid $3.5 million to build

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The town of Brunswick, Maine has started paying rent for its illegal immigrants. According to a December 2023 report to the state’s Joint Select Committee on Housing, Maine allocated nearly $3.5 million to provide apartments in five new buildings in Brunswick, about half an hour north of Portland, to 60 illegal immigrant families. All of the buildings will be available for occupancy by February, reports National Review.

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS) is also applying $100,000 from the fund to help illegal immigrants in Brunswick, South Portland, and Lewiston with filing their asylum and work permit applications. The money will assist illegal immigrant family members to “work together to support each other’s goals and achieve long-term stability with the help of a bridging case manager/coach,” the report said.

National Review reports that in 2023, the fund’s support helped transform a South Portland property with 52 apartments, Avesta Housing’s West End II, into a housing facility for illegal immigrants. For that project, the fund also allocated “payment of their rent for up to two years until they fully navigate federal work authorization rules and secure employment.”

As for the 2024 budget, the emergency fund also afforded $250,000 to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in the Portland area, intended to support over 1,000 illegal immigrants, as an “additional grant to support expansion of legal assistance to asylum seeking households.”

The construction, done through the Emergency Housing Relief Fund, would also guarantee “rent payments for up to two years while households navigate the federal work authorization process and secure employment.” Included in the large sum is beds and service coordination for the illegal immigrants.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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